LL Cool J Recieves Racial Harmony Award From Jewish Organization
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LL Cool J Recieves Racial Harmony Award From Jewish Organization

April 7, 2009 08:41 pm CDT 

Last night in New York, The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding awarded rapper LL Cool J with the Joseph Papp Racial Harmony Award. Named after Joseph Papirofsky, who produced theater productions, the group feels the rapper has contributed to the Jewish community. The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding hosted its 20th anniversary and honoring party hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons' home. Simmons is co-chair of the foundation along with founder Rabbi Marc Schneier. The organization promotes black-Jewish and Muslim-Jewish relations. "LL has long history of social and political activism," Simmons told AllHipHop.com. "He is one person who is not recognized enough for his gifts. I'm very happy to have honored him for his many contributions."

"I've never had an opportunity to thank the Jewish community for what they've done for me," LL Cool J told Jewish media outlet JTA.org upon receiving the award. He also said if it weren't for several prominent music industry Jews, he would not be as successful as he is today. LL Cool J's biography will air on E! Entertainment in an upcoming episode of the E! True Hollywood Story. The show will air April 15 at 10:00 pm.

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